Week beginning 20th February

We have hit the ground running in our first week back after half term! Year 5 and 6 have learnt a lot and started a range of new topics in Literacy, Numeracy and Science.

In Literacy this term, we are reading the book Cosmic by Frank Cottrell-Boyce; the children seem to be enjoying the story a great deal. The book follows the story of a 12-year-old boy (Liam) who is remarkably tall for his age. As a result, people confuse him for an adult and he gets himself into a range of humourous situations. So far, he has:

  • been the only child on the Year 6 trip to go on the ride Cosmic;
  • tried shaving;
  • been mistaken for a teacher at his new school;
  • joined a drama club and taken his friend to shops where you must be 'accompanied by an adult';
  • sat in and nearly driven a Porche!

We have been focusing on our choice of vocabulary and punctuation when we have been writing. Using our best descriptive langauge, we have written about a ride that we have been on; a diary entry from Liam's first day of school; today, we focused on speech and a conversation between Liam and his friend Florida.

In Maths, Year 5 have now finished their unit on Statistics. They have looked at reading tables, line graphs, timetables. Though they found it tricky at first, they are now feeling much more confident when handling data. Year 6 have been linking their knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages by converting. This will help prepare us for the next week when they are going to be applying this understanding in reasoning and arithmetic problems.

Our new topic this term is: Space Explorers. We know that when we look up at our sky we will see the Sun, the Moon and the stars. We take them for granted. But why are they there? What do they do? How do they affect the Earth? Astronomy, like all sciences, is about asking questions. By becoming space explorers, we can find out more about our solar system and the deeper mysteries of the universe.

On Thursday next week, we will be celebrating World Book Day! Come in dressed as your favourite character from a story or the author themselves! If dressing up isn't your thing, school uniform is fine and you can enjoy the fun activities on the day.